North Wales Regional Manager
Appointed in September 2011 Debra Barker is the first North Wales Regional Manager Hockey Wales has ever had. The creation of the role is an important step in the regionalisation of Hockey delivery across Wales. Debra, a long time Hockey player and still actively involved in volunteering, playing and coaching, she supports all clubs in North Wales with advice and assistance wherever she can. She is based in the North Wales Office in Wrexham Glyndwr.
Dan is one of the newest members to the Hockey Wales team joining us from Welsh Rugby League in 2013. Leading developments across Tiers 2-4 working closely with the different performance squads and managers and ensuring the 360° Hockey Centres are embedded as a strong start to developing our future talent. Dan’s remit is to ensure they have everything they need to compete at the highest level possible.
Hannah John has been working with Hockey Wales since she left University in 2011 following a year’s Employability placement with the organisation. Currently as Project Officer, Hannah is the lead officer responsible for managing and supporting Hockey Wales events, the delivery of Back2 across Wales and the delivery of our talent development programme, 360° Hockey Centres.
Amanda comes back to Hockey Wales after spending time working with Cardiff County Council in the Sports Development department. Starting her career as a Hockey Development Officer she has returned as Workforce Manager and as such has a remit supporting all the different coaches, umpires and volunteers across Wales. She also is in charge of organising the UKCC courses across Wales and developing innovate ways of growing our workforce.
Following on from the North regionalisation, Rich’s appointment is our commitment to the development of a strong South Wales region. Having joined us from Newport County Council Sports Development Team in July 2013, Rich (and his bright shirts!) come to us with a wealth of experience from Tennis and supporting other governing bodies.
Caroline Spanton, Head of Sport, leads on a number of front facing aspects of the organisation. Having been involved in delivery of sport with Local Authorities, Caroline joined the organisation in 2010 as the Head of Development. To incorporate the inclusion of talent development, Caroline’s job title extended to Head of Sport in 2013. She is also involved in the Welsh Rowing board and can be found spending her free time with her two dogs/personal trainers Pippin and Coxey.
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|Nicci is the Hockey Agent for Conwy, she describes herself as some who “eats, sleeps and breaths hockey” and holds the honour of playing for Wales against Malaysia once!|
|Harriet is the Hockey Agent for Mid North Wales and is looking forward to developing hockey in the area and is excited about getting people playing and interested in hockey for the first time. Harriet has been part of hockey as a coach, player and supporter from a young age and has played for both her local club and university.|
|Emma is really looking forward to representing Hockey Wales as an agent in North East Wales. She is interested in many sports including long distance running, hopes to encourage and support all spectrums of ability and enjoys meeting new people and promoting enjoyment and achievement to all.|
|Appointed in May, Scott Roberts is the new hockey agent for Denbighshire and Wrexham. Scott came to us from social enterprise and Hockey Wales partner Vi-Ability. Scott has come for a football background and is looking for a new challenge in Hockey.|
|Helen is the Hockey Agent for Swansea & Llanelli and joins us after being off for a few months having her first child. Playing her hockey from school she was also part of a European Silver Medal Swansea Ladies team. She thinks the best things about playing Hockey are meeting great people and keeping fit and healthy!|
|Rae is the Hockey Agent for Carmarthenshire and says that having the privilege of being able to support, promote and spread the word about Hockey is bonus enough! Having been a lifelong player (competitively and just to keep in shape) Rae would love to see more youngsters pick up a stick and get involved in Hockey!|
|Angela is the Hockey Agent for Pembrokeshire and refers to Hockey as her “…addiction” and having that sort of passion makes her job a real pleasure to do! Like the other agents, she started playing when she was younger but took a break when her children were born. Still involved now in club hockey day to day!|
|Rhys is a Sports Development Graduate from the University of South Wales and has a range of experience as a coach and co-ordinator in various sports, including hockey. Rhys hopes to bring expertise from other sports to help continue the development of this game in South East Wales.|
|Charlie has enjoyed hockey from a young age. She wants to enable children to partake in hockey and gain the hockey and life skills that she has through playing hockey. An objective of her's is to see children play and enjoy hockey.|
|Julie is the Hockey Agent for Ceredigion and wants to give every child a quality Hockey experience they will remember. Playing Hockey at school and club, she is now focused on getting more children, from all ages and abilities, to take part in Hockey and achieve more!|
|Judith is the Hockey Agent for Central South Wales and lists working with schools and helping younger athletes as some of the most rewarding parts of her job. She believes that hockey has become a far more accessible sport than it was previously and is delighted to see more players take part, year on year!|
|Bev is the Hockey Agent for Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil, she describes her self as someone who is “…passionate about hockey” and she loves helping pass her experience on to the players and coaches she works with. A proud member of the Welsh Women’s International Veterans Team, Bev wont often be found without a hockey stick in her hand!|
Chris Brewer is the longest serving member of Hockey Wales. He has been involved in the organisation since July 2000 but has been involved with Hockey in Wales since his school days. During work hours Chris is involved in managing the day to day running of the organisation, finances as well as being involved in competitions. Outside of work, Chris can be found running around in a yellow polo shirt with a whistle or behind a technical officials desk at events in Wales, the UK and abroad.
Helen is the Chief Executive Officer of Hockey Wales and has spent her entire career in sports from Local Authorities to National Governing Bodies in England and in Wales. She has been working with Hockey Wales since 2010. Her role in the organisation involves supporting the entire team achieve the aims and goals of VISION 2020 and the Hockey for Life Framework.
Jane has been a long time servant of the game of Hockey, but only recently joined Hockey Wales as a member of staff. She is currently supporting the organisation with facility bookings, invoices, club affiliations as well as a whole host of other jobs. Jane is still involved in a number of voluntary roles including the South Wales Women’s League and Friends of Welsh Hockey.